03 July 2018

Sarah McIntyre

Sarah Red Hat
by Katie Smart

Sarah McIntyre works as an illustrator and writer from her studio in south London.

Her solo picture books include There’s a Shark in the Bath, Dinosaur Firefighters and The New Neighbours, and she’s worked with writers such as Giles Andreae (Morris the Mankiest Monster), Gillian Rogerson (You can’t Scare a Princess!) and Alan MacDonald (The Prince of Pants). She also creates longer illustrated chapter books with her co-author Philip Reeve, such as Pugs of the Frozen North and Oliver and the Seawigs.

She first got into publishing through comics, where she met her Jampires co-author David O’Connell. She learned a lot from watching David produce and sell his own stories and pictures at comic fairs, and they entertained themselves drawing improvised stories. These ‘comic jams’ eventually led to a Jampires comic, which they later took to a publisher and turned into a picture book.

She’s blogged as BookTrust Writer-Illustrator in Residence, delivered a TEDx talk on learning how to grow from our mistakes, spoken internationally at book festivals, and led a campaign called Pictures Mean Business, encouraging the book industry to credit illustrators properly for their work.

Website: jabberworks.co.uk

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